Monday, 06 June 2011 22:47

James May: fashion designer

The engine tinkerer has swapped his spanners for a pair of tailor's scissors as he goes out to redefine the most male-friendly garment in the world.
This story may have passed some of you by, even though it has received some substantial coverage within the media but as always let me give you the lowdown just in case you missed it. 

A celebrity hairdresser by the name of James Brown (no relation to the Godfather of Soul), called stage school founder Ben Douglas a "n*gger" and his female companion a "n*gger's bitch" before proclaiming that 'a lot of my cousins have been with blacks' at the recently concluded Bafta awards ceremony.

Wait a minute before you get yourself in a frenzy and get all self righteous, as we all have called people names that we should not have either due to anger or as in this case alcohol. Let me touch on the alcohol issue here very quickly. In response to his outburst James Brown said that alcohol was to blame. I am not a drinker and never have been but one of the things that I have seen from people that drink alcohol is that it normally gives people the courage to say what they really think. I will leave you to interpret what I feel what this means.

Anyway back to my issue at hand which are two things in particular. Boots the chemist carry a wide array of his products in their stores and Boots being an upstanding public focused company is considering terminating his contract with them – well done boots for even thinking about doing it even though we know you won't do anything, but the sad thing is that they stated as of yet the company had not received any customer complaints. I know I sound like an old record that is scratched and keeps repeating itself (sorry for the younger generation, this is the equivalent to your MP3 player or Ipod continuously repeating the same words in a song over and over again), but this is an indication that it is acceptable to call us "n*gger" as we never complain about things.

The second issue and for me this is the crux of the matter, the Evening Standard reported that a source close to the hairdresser said "he has apologised and that should be the end of the matter". Come on, are you saying that I can go on the streets of London and proclaim that the Jews deserved what they got during the Holocaust and so long as I apologise afterwards all is forgiven, get real I will never get a knighthood or get a job of any substance not just in the UK but in the world – ok slight exaggeration I would get a job in Nigeria. We all know what happened to John Galliano when he allegedly made comments about Jewish people, not only was he sacked from his own label but he is also facing trial in France for his comments which he made during a drunken state at a restaurant. In England because James Brown has apologised we are told that's that.

No one reading this should get upset about him calling someone a "n*gger" as it is our fault because when things like this happen we never complain.

Hold on, none of you should even think about saying "what about you, what do you do to change things"? I will spell it out for you as to what i do to push for change - I write about it and due to my rantings I put my future MBE, OBE or CBE at risk and I also get on the radio and talk about such issues and put my potential non executive directorships that I am vying for in my dreams with the top fashion houses and other blue chip companies in jeopardy, so Ii am paying the price for being upfront and centre about such issues.

Moving on from me unashamedly begging & seeking recognition from the British establishment I must say to make matters worse James Brown seriously I am finding it hard to call him James Brown but I go on, then dropped the " I have a black friend, so how can I be racist" in his case he states that his nephew is mixed race. Enough already, I am sick and tired of this quote to justify people making comments about black people and then saying they can't be racist cos they have black friends or relatives.

Due to the fact that we are in England and because black people never kick up a stink about such issues Mr James Brown will go on an make money and a number of my black sisters will buy his products and put more money in his pocket and it is he whom will have the last laugh and still call us "n*gger".

Football Scandal...

In an earlier blog I spoke about the English Football Association being sore losers as when they did not win the bid to host the World Cup they kicked up a right royal stink. Have they let it go – NO – they are still kicking up a stink and under parliamentary privilege they made allegations of bribery and corruption against a variety of FIFA members. So the British FA say they were asked for knighthoods and other incentives for people to vote for them and the British FA members being all upstanding and totally honest did not at the time set off the alarm bells and before the vote was casted state that they were asked for bribes but waited for a number of months and under the cowardly protection of parliamentary privilege to make such allegations.

This is the open letter that FIFA wishes they could write to the Football Association...

Dear Cry Baby FA Members

We know that it is very disappointing that you did not win the bid to host the 2018 World Cup in England (even though the rest of the world is celebrating that you only got 2 votes, yes we repeat only two and one of them was yours) and despite the fact that you brought out your three lions (Beckham, Cameron & Duke of Cambridge), which being honest means nothing to the rest of the world. We think it is at this time that we must remind you that you know longer have the British Empire and it is not by right that you must be awarded the World Cup.

Furthermore we are not sure whether the FA is stupid or what (hopefully there are some street boys in FIFA that speak like this) but when the BBC in its Panorama programme two days before the vote releases a TV programme alleging corruption in FIFA, that we would all vote for you then you are living in cloud cuckoo land.

You and the British press can continue with your campaign to have our great honourable leader Sepp Blatter and everyone else you don't like removed, tainted or slandered by unfounded allegations and as you can see you lost the vote by 175 to 17 when you tried to get the elections stopped – HA HA HA

So because you did not get your way you have now started an alleged vendetta against FIFA and all of those that voted against you. The days of Royal Britannia rules the waves are over and if you don't like being part of FIFA then go set up your own independent FIFA, you bunch of cry babies, who always think you are right – GET A LIFE!

I know some of you reading this may think that Mr Mahogany is anti British, far from it but I am against those that are arrogant, self righteous and think that when they do things they are right but if others do the same things and they are in disagreement then they are wrong. Sometimes some aspects of British society have a philosophy of do what I say but not what I do.


Friday, 27 May 2011 01:42

Is It Wrong to be Black & Dark Skin?

I came across this video and i thought that the topic was interesting especially as i thought that we had got pass this. I am wondering if this is an African American thing or it actually is a worldwide phenomenon.

Synopsis of this Documentary Trailer

This documentary is something that we all should watch... It really made me think and try to search inside of myself . I want to be different. I want to make a change even If that change has to happen IN ME FIRST. Even if you don't want to watch this video. Just think... think about how you could make a difference in our community and work as a unit. unite as one people..... IGNORING IT DOESN'T SOLVE IT...!

Film to Premier in October at the International Black Film Festival in of the whole video is not available yet.

The synopsis above was taken from the information on the video, I dont really get what they are trying to say but the trailer itself says a lot. 
I have been told that it is wrong to laugh at the misfortune of others, but I am sorry I am laughing my head off at the fact that the so called darling of England Cheryl Cole was sacked from the American version of X Factor after only one week of pre filming, o my dear what a crying shame. I have no real idea why for whatever reason I can't stand her, it may be because she was once married to Ashley Cole a person that every Arsenal fan despises or is it because she is a over hyped young lady with very little talent or may be its just because I am jealous of her fame and wealth – well the latter one does not count because I am jealous and envious of EVERYONE that is rich and famous.

I should be feeling sorry for her, as in her to do list re her move to America she sacked her long time English manager and took on Will.I.Am as her new manager to help make her hot in the states, (he even through a welcome to America celebrity bash for her), she also took on celebrity trainer to the stars to help her get fit, was planning to buy a new house and bought all of the Digestive biscuits that she could find to buy in Tesco's.For those of you that don't know, she was fired due to her Geordie accent and the fact that the producers (including Simon Cowell) realised after two days of filing that no one would understand her and in addition she allegedly did not get along with Paula Abdul. For me it does not take Einstein to realise that no one in America would understand her as no one in England understands her either.

It Looks like the beautiful Nicole Scherzinger will be taking over from Ms Cole, not a bad promotion for Nicole as she goes from Co Host to Judge. A bit of extra gossip here, she was well upset that she could not sit next to Simon on the judging panel as that right belongs to Paula Abdul, so there would have been no extra camera attention on her likes she gets in the UK by continuously rubbing up with Simon in the hope that as the camera focuses on him she will get that extra attention she was desperate for.

Well Cheryl now that Danny has allegedly resigned or was sacked from the UK X Factor you can beg your mentor, your idol Simon Cowell to give you your job back in the UK. if he decides not to I for one wont be missing you. By the way Cheryl I have booked you a first class return ticket on Virgin Airways back to London for Saturday.

The Church is Getting it Wrong...

As part of my attempts to educate myself and to ensure that I am up to date on current affairs I was scouring through some international websites and came across an article that was talking about wealthy Nigerians that despite the global recession in the last year alone they had spent over $225 million dollars on purchasing private planes.

As I started reading the article I thought what is the big deal as wealthy people around the world regularly purchase private jets and if Nigeria has people that can afford to purchase planes than why not. I read on and became heavily dismayed at the fact that within this group of wealthy Nigerians a number of them were Nigerian clergymen and spiritual leaders that had purchased private jets.

Included within this alleged list were David Oyedepo believed to be Africa's wealthiest gospel preacher, acquired a Gulfstream V jet $30 million. He also owns a private collection of four aircraft. He is also reportedly creating a private hanger to accommodate all of his planes. Pastor Enoch Adeboye of The Redeemed Christian Church of God spent $30 million on a Gulfstream jet and Pastor Sam Adeyemi is also a jet owner.

My issue is this, these pastors were only able to purchase the jets due to their congregation giving gifts, donations and paying tithe, a number of these congregation members struggle each week to survive to pay their bills and to make ends meet and instead of these donations being used for Gods work their money is accumulated and spent on extravagancies such as private jets. I don't know about you but I think that this is disgraceful and a flagrant breech of what the Bible teaches and what the church should be doing with the money they receive. Nigeria is amongst one of the most religious country's within the world and bearing in mind that over 60% of Nigerians live below the poverty line for me it is a great shame that these preachers preach to their congregation that it is a command of God that they tithe and these people give up money that I am sure they don't really have, but do it because the man of God said they should and because they believe that they will get blessings from God in return.

The Bible says that there are many false prophets and as much as I might face ex communication (not sure if that is possible in a Pentecostal church), I am prepared to stand up and state that this is a disgraceful abuse of office and misuse of church funds as I can't see what urgent work that they do that they need to get to places urgently using a private jet or how they are celebrities that they are unable to travel first class on a commercial airline.

I am sure some of my avid readers will correct me and justify why this is a good use of church funds, sorry but no matter what you say I am not buying it. You read things like this and you still ask why less people are going to church and people are becoming disillusioned with the church. I say no more.

Do you know what $30m could do?

• Build Houses
• Feed sooooooooooo many people
• Build schools and bus books
• Pay school fees for possibly the whole of their congregation

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 20:53

The Pierces - Style Spot - THE OUTNET

Watch The Pierces talk music and fashion, plus shop their beatnik glamour look online.THE OUTNET meets US folk-rock sisters The Pierces to find out about their style influences, favorite designers and new album You & I.

Sitting in my office and the phone rings and it is the BBC asking if I can do a series of radio interviews to discuss, read on...

I know that people sometimes say that I love to deal with controversial issues, now regardless of whether you agree with this or not, I did not make up the story below.

It has been scientifically proven that BLACK WOMEN ARE LESS ATTRACTIVE THAN OTHER RACES.

A psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa (from the London School of Economics, LSE) wrote a blog which was featured on the US based Psychology Today website on May 16. YOU CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK

This is not the first time that this professor has come up with such controversial views as previously he claimed that sub Saharan Africans have poor health simply because they have low IQ’s and not because they are poverty stricken (please before you start attacking me, I did not say this, a professor that has nothing to do with his life, said it).

Now his scientific evidence was deduced by doing a survey of men and women across the races who were asked to rate each other’s attractiveness. Black women scored the least, even though they marked themselves highly. Now if this a scientific research then I can do one and ask anyone I am going out with if they think I am the most handsome man in the world while holding a pair of Jimmy Chow shoes in my hand, saying its there’s if they say yes. In most cases if you ask a Chinese man who he thinks are the most beautiful women in the world, the likelihood is that he would say that Chinese women are and the same for a Swedish man whom  would say Swedish women are the most beautiful. Even though I don't have a PhD, even I can figure out that his scientific research is flawed. PS I want to go to the university he went too to apply for a PhD as it seems they were just giving them out without having to do any work.

Now not everyone at the LSE is dumb or possibly bought their PhD, as Professor Paul Gilroy, a sociology lecturer at the LSE and author of seminal text There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack, said: ” Among the criticisms was his motivation for the research, the lack of scientific grounding and a lack of context. He did not explore the idea that women were measured against the dominant European ideals of beauty”.

I thought sometimes that I rocked the boat a little but Kanazawa’s slogan on his website says ‘prepare to be offended’. If you are a professor why did you have to seek cheap fame.

Ladies (white & black) read this. He says:

After musing it had nothing to do with black women’s ‘lower IQs’, or because they were ‘much heavier on average’ than women of other races, he added: ‘The only thing I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women is testosterone. ‘Africans on average have higher levels of testosterone than other races… Women with higher levels of testosterone have more masculine features and are therefore less physically attractive.’

Let me brake the above down for you as to what he is trying to say in plain people language – according to professor Kanazawa the reason why black women are considered ugly is because you have to much testosterone so we black men have been deceived for so long, when we thought we were chatting up a black woman we were in fact chatting up a woman going on a man and those of you that have big butts, big thighs and big arms have higher levels of testosterone – so you are not even woman going on man you are a man. Sorry I forgot to also say that he is saying you are all fat (‘much heavier on average’ than women of other races). The only I am not sure of is he using ‘African’ for just African women or all black women?

Unfortunately FF will not allow me to swear and put cuss words in my blog, but my expletives have been long and extremely colourful. This is such a crock of S*~t that I have ever read. As for me I am very partial to black women and if it means they have too much testosterone and that is why they have big butts and big thighs etc (which I must quickly add not all black women have big butts and big thighs), can someone send me the testosterone gene so that I can pump some more black women with it so that they would look even finer than they already do.

I will leave you with this (and this is nothing against my white sisters),

  • why do white women spend hours in the sun or use fake sun tan to get brown or darker, like black women 
  • why do white women use Botox to get rid of their wrinkles, cos from what I remember black don't crack
  • why do white women inject their lips and their buttocks with I have no idea what, to make them bigger

All of the above are what the worlds least attractive women have naturally – I say no more.

It is also very sad that over 15,000 people on Facebook "like" the article. 

Naomi Campbell will stage a Fashion For Relief show in aid of the Japanese earthquake victims at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sunday, 08 May 2011 10:59

Top Model of Colour is Racist?

Let me get straight to the point here, is the Top Model of Colour competition a racist, outdated competition that is no longer needed as all models of colour now operate on an equal footing with Caucasian models?

I ask this question as I recently received the email below and it alleges to be from an African American, The Email; Written by Camille Schmidt

Ok, My personal Twitter to you, as an African American Woman, I'd like to know who why do you label your Moel Show, '' Top Model of Color?'' 

White Models Painted Black

I mean who the f(*^(^^$ would say that or label a show that in 2011. The first Top Model of Color was Beverly Johnson (USA), back in the late ''60's early 70's and 40 years later these woman of Color in Britain & Holland are still letting you single them out? So by saying ''Top Model of Color'', you are basically separating the women of color from the European women. You are in effect saying that the women of color have to have their own show, they can't participate in ours, etc. Either you are too dumb to understand the reality of what your show is doing by labeling women of color as different, or just plainly prejudice!

Sadly, you have bamboozled Blacks in Europe who will let you label them, separate them; in this fashion! Wake up it's 2011. I wonder what Tyra would say???

Or please pray tell, is this a network designed to introduce more Women of Color into the modeling world? Please help me understand, because in 2011, any women of color has a shot at a regular modeling career, the same as a White woman.

Another side to the story
- I received an email from the London College of Fashion and it read as follows, the key bit is highlighted in bold below, The Email; Written by London College of Fashion

"Over the past few years we have been trying to diversify the look we have on the catwalk – our creative director has been instrumental in creating a show which demonstrates the breadth of talent that exists at LCF but also the extraordinary diversity within our student body which reflects fashion in its truest and most international state. LCF has worked hard to provoke debate around body image, age, beauty and ethnicity – and we want this to be reflected in our shows.  Although there is plenty of evidence that the fashion world is changing we don’t think it is fast enough – and given that our students are the future of the industry we feel that it’s our role to be the ones to push boundaries.

But we feel that diversity especially amongst the models which are put forward for our shows by modelling agencies are not representative – hence the reason we’re looking to the public."

I have my views on both sides of the two emails but as always I look to you to educate me.

The famous and the fashionable attend the 2011 Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to honour the work of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Vivienne Westwood designs exclusive dress for Marie Claire's global Rainforest Appeal.For the first time ever, an international designer (Vivienne Westwood) and an international fashion magazine (Marie Claire) have joined forces, to launch an exciting global project that both drives awareness of deforestation and influences the current trend of up-cycling your clothes.

In Vivienne's words 'Buy less, choose well'.

Rainforests play a vital role in maintaining a stable global climate and environment; they are vital to the survival of all 7 billion of us. Deforestation is one of the largest contributors to climate change. Forests are on the global agenda; the UN General Assembly has declared the year 2011 as the International year of Forests.

To mark this year of change, Vivienne Westwood has designed a limited edition T-shirt dress exclusively for Marie Claire international readers. Not only does this eco friendly T-shirt dress empower any Fashionista, all proceeds from the sale of the T-shirt dress will support the forest tribes in Bangladesh, whose lives and livelihoods have been endangered by deforestation.

This global collaboration will combine the sale of the T-shirt dress with a special Rainforest editorial section (Guest Editor, Vivienne Westwood), which will be published in 24 editions of Marie Claire from May 2011.
To produce and sell the T-shirt dress online Marie Claire and Vivienne Westwood have partnered with the Fair Trade organisation People Tree. People Tree only uses 100% organic fair trade cotton and all their clothes are made entirely by hand, helping to create livelihoods for disadvantaged groups in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Buy this Vivienne Westwood Limited Edition T-shirt dress for only £28 from Vivienne Westwood and £7 from each sale will help support Forest Tribes.